Northwestern State University
A Member of the University of Louisiana System
Dr. Randall J. Webb, President
Northwestern State University
As we look back over the past academic year at NSU,
there have been many accomplishments at the Uni-
versity with which we can all be pleased.
The Departments of Journalism, Family and Con-
sumer Sciences and Industrial Technology have received
accreditation. Our programs in nursing and veterinary
technology have also received good preliminary reports.
The importance of accreditation to the university will be
addressed later in this issue of the Alumni Columns.
Northwestern has made great strides in improving
its available technology for students. New computer
laboratories have been opened around campus to ben-
efit students who are conducting research, preparing
assignments and doing other class work. These labora-
tories were funded with student technology fees that
were assessed because our students saw the need to
make the latest technology available and took it upon
themselves to provide a funding mechanism.
Another use of technology is in the delivery of
classes. We have expanded alternative delivery of
classes via Internet and compressed video and moved
toward delivery of the award-winning middle school
class, "Science Out of This World!" via the Internet.
In the area of community service, the Office of Con-
tinuing Education worked with the Office of Family
Services and Alliance Compressor to develop an 18-
week training program for welfare recipients that
could lead to employment. This past year also saw
the dedication of the Louisiana Creole Heritage Cen-
ter, a central clearinghouse and information bank for
the identified Creole communities in Louisiana and
for those seeking knowledge, understanding and ap-
preciation of Louisiana Creoles and their culture.
We also had a very successful year in intercollegiate ath-
letics, winning Southland Conference regular season cham-
pionships in football, indoor track, softball and baseball and
taking tournament championships in soccer and softball.
All of these accomplishments could not have been done
without a great deal of teamwork among our students,
faculty, staff and alumni who help us in countless ways.
Thank you for all you have done this past year to help
make Northwestern an even better place.
Dr. Steve Horton, Director
Fellow Northwestern Graduates and Friends,
The spring semester has been a hectic one for the
Office of Alumni Affairs. Between planning and
attending alumni chapter activities and handling on-
campus activities involving the Alumni Association,
time has flown by quickly.
Probably one of the most exciting events for the As-
sociation was the celebration of the Class of 1948's
Golden Jubilee celebration at the spring semester com-
mencement. Fifteen Northwestern State College gradu-
ates returned to campus to receive their second diplo-
mas. They are truly a unique group, and it was good to
see how quickly they reacquainted themselves after half
a century. They now join the group we call the "50-Plus
Club," which is comprised of all who graduated 50 years
ago and longer. That group will have its reunion in
November, and we have an exciting program lined up
for them as well. Congratulations!
Over the next few months we will be planning for the
University's 114th Homecoming celebration to be held
Friday, October 30 and Saturday, October 31. We have a
tentative agenda scheduled which will include some
changes to the traditional activities, including the mov-
ing of the annual Homecoming Banquet to Friday evening
and the reinstatement of the Ladies' Bingo Brunch, to
name a few. Final additions and changes will be made
soon, and we will provide you with a permanent schedule
in the next edition of the Columns.
Also look for our new Web Site to go "on-line" within
the next months. We are currently working to create a
home page that will give you constant updated informa-
tion about the Association, local chapter activities, and
lost alumni, to name a few. Hopefully we will also be able
to include an on-line edition of the Columns. The process
is timely and tedious, but we know the results will be worth
I could go on and on, but my space is limited. Just know
that we all are here for you. Should you need anything
from us, give us a call. Probably one of the most rewarding
functions of this office is locating friends for alumni mem-
bers. That process benefits us all.
Let us hear from you!
About the cover: The picture illustrates the story on academic program accreditation appearing on page 1. The departments of Industrial
Technology, Family and Consumer Sciences, and Journalism appear left to right in the illustration.
11 eligible academic programs are to be
nationally accredited by the year 2000
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versity not only evalu-
ates its students but also con-
stantly evaluates its academic
programs. Two years ago when
Dr. Randall J. Webb became
NSU's president, he established
a goal of having all eligible aca-
demic programs nationally ac-
credited by the year 2000.
The university is rapidly moving toward meeting that goal. Twenty-seven of the 32
eligible academic programs have earned national accreditation, and the other five pro-
grams are in the process of seeking accreditation. Those programs include the Bachelor
of Arts programs in art, advertising design and theatre; the Master's of Arts in art; and
the associate degree in electronic engineering technology.
In order to be accredited, an academic program must meet criteria established by a
recognized national accrediting agency. The criteria vary among agencies but gener-
ally include an evaluation of faculty teaching loads, range of courses offered, faculty
expertise, program budgets, available fa-
cilities and administrative structures. Ac-
crediting agencies also interview current
students and graduates to evaluate the
program. In addition to individual accred-
iting agencies, the university undergoes a
review by the Commission on Colleges of
the Southern Association on Colleges and
Schools every 10 years. The Athletic Depart-
ment, also undergoes a certification process
set up by the NCAA every five years.
"The importance of accreditation is that
it brings recognition to the university on a
national basis," said Provost and Vice
President for Academic Affairs Dr. Thomas
A. Burns. "Accreditation shows that the
university's programs are of an equal sta-
tus to any program in the United States.
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National League for Nursing
American Veterinary Medical Association
Computer Information Systems
American Assembly of Collegiate Schools
Education (All programs)
National Council for Accreditation of
National Association of Schools of Music
Accrediting Council on Education in
Journalism and Mass Communication
Council on Social Work Education
National League for Nursing
Joint Review Committee on Education in
Radiologic Technology and the Committee
on Allied Health Education and Accredita-
tion of the American Medical Association
Committee on Allied Health Education
American Chemical Society
General Home Economics
American Association of Family
Hospitality and Institutional Services
and Consumer Sciences
National Association of Industrial
Health and Physical Education
National Council for Accreditation of
Student Personnel Services
Council for Accreditation of Counseling
and Related Education Programs
National League for Nursing
It also builds pride among the faculty and ensures that students
are receiving an education that is on par with other programs."
Over the past year, the College of Business along with the
departments of Journalism and Family and Consumer Sciences
have received accreditation. The Department of Industrial Tech-
nology has received provisional accreditation.
Many programs in liberal arts and science are not accredited.
But those programs do not escape regular evaluation. Accord-
ing to Burns, NSU has established a system of internal review to
examine all academic programs on a rotating basis.
"The internal reviews are very thorough and help us evaluate
our academic programs that do not have accrediting agencies,
As part of the accreditation process, each academic program
goes through a rigorous self-study in which the faculty evaluate
the program and assess its strengths and weaknesses. The ac-
crediting agency uses the self-study as the basis for an on-site
evaluation and report by a team of faculty in the same discipline
from other institutions.
"The self-study is very useful in identifying your strengths and
weaknesses," said Patricia Pierson, head of the Department of
Family and Consumer Sciences. "Because of the self-study we
did, our curriculum was closely examined. We did a number of
revisions to the curriculum and updated our syllabi. Our pro-
grams also did a great deal of long-range planning which will
take us into the 21st century."
Pierson's department produced a comprehensive three-volume
self-study for its accrediting body. The process took the better
part of two years in addition to normal teaching and advising
duties. But the benefits for the program and university are worth
"We found out that the quality of our program is just as good
or better than other institutions of our size," said Pierson. "We
excelled in many areas. It makes you feel good about the quality
of instruction given when you get a report like that from people
in the field who are outside the university."* • •
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recipient of Bailey
Several years ago, Dennette
Derby McDermott took a few
minutes to answer an advertise-
ment offering free flute
music. She had no idea
the impact that small ad
would have on her life.
The music McDermott
received opened up a
world of opportunities.
The research and
creativity that was
unleashed led to
McDermott's selection as
the recipient of the 1998
Mildred Hart Bailey Research
The award was presented at
NSU's 11th Annual Research Day
and is presented each year to a
faculty member for outstanding
research and/or distinguished
artistic performance or creative
work substantially completed
during the past three years. Crite-
ria for the award include: scholarly
or creative significance; national
regional or local impact; originality
and ingenuity of project design and
critical recognition by experts in
the field. The award was named for
the late Dr. Mildred Hart Bailey,
former Dean of Graduate Studies
McDermott, a flutist, was
honored for her progressive work
with a cutting edge interest in
multicultural influences. She has
done extensive research into the
music of the former Czechoslovakia
(now the Czech Republic and the
Slovak Republic). She has taught in
the Czech Republic and brought
scholars from the former Czechoslo-
vakia to NSU.
"My research has made me
aware of another culture and the
similarities and differ-
ences which exist be-
tween our culture and
that of the Czech Repub-
lic and the Slovak
McDermott, an assistant
professor of music at
Northwestern since 1993.
McDermott "The world is getting
much smaller with
improved communication and the
Internet. It is useful to have an
understanding and respect of
another culture. And it also gives
us something to be thankful for. We
should be so greatful to have what
we have in this country."
While working on her doctorate
at the University of North Texas,
McDermott edited the Texas Flute
Society newsletter. In that role, she
saw newsletters from other state
and national flute organizations.
One day, she saw a notice in an
Australian publication for free flute
music which she responded to.
Several months later, McDermott
received the music and began
studying it. At the time, she was
seeking a dissertation topic.
McDermott became interested in
the music of Czech composer
She later met Feld, and
McDermott maintained her interest
in the music of the former Czecho-
slovakia. The interest was
strengthened by having relatives
there. She has travelled to the
Czech Republic and Slovak Repub-
lic several times, teaching flute
classes and performing recitals. As
part of an exchange program, she
has also brought flutists Tomas
Janosik and Arnost Bourek to NSU
for performances and to work with
"I have gotten a wealth of
experience from working with both
of them," said McDermott. "Arnost
Bourek has given me music that no
other American flutist has. I have
been able to exchange ideas and
learn in ways that I would not have
been able to otherwise."
McDermott has made two
presentations at the National Flute
Association convention on Czech
flute music and will make another
presentation this summer. Her
interpretations of works and other
research articles have appeared in
two national professional publica-
"I believe my research and work
has brought Czech flute music to
the attention of performers and
scholars in America," said
McDermott. "Before the Iron
Curtain fell, there was no way to
interact. But now the opportunities
McDermott is planning future
trips to the Czech Republic and
Slovak Republic and will continue
her research and performing in this
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Alumni and supporters of
Northwestern can help
the University in a variety
of ways by supporting the
Alumni Annual Fund
Gifts to the Annual
Fund provide support
for Distinguished Fac-
ulty Awards, assistance to
teaching faculty, our Na-
tionwide Chapter Pro-
gram, alumni reunions and
the upkeep of the Alumni
Contributions also assist
NSU in honoring its alumni
through the Northwestern
Hall of Distinction: the Long
Purple Line as well as the
Golden Jubilee Celebration
that honors the university's
50-year graduates. The An-
nual Fund also helps pro-
vide assistance for campus
projects such as the Teacher
Job Fair and Rowing Team
activities, just to name a few.
Gifts will also fund nearly
$16,000 worth of alumni
scholarships awarded annu-
ally which provide much
needed assistance to students
working toward a degree.
Donors to the Annual
Fund may be eligible for a
tax deduction. They also re-
ceive a subscription to the
Alumni Columns, a mem-
bership card, decal and vari-
ous recognition gifts. Many
companies also offer a
matching gift program.
Contributions of $100 or
more can be made through
a quarterly payment pro-
gram or by using Visa or
Checks can be made to
the NSU Alumni Association
Annual Fund. Donations
can be sent to NSU Alumni
Natchitoches, LA 71497. For
more information, call (888)
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NSU alumni and friends of the university may now
reserve NSU prestige license plates through the Louisi-
ana Department of Motor Vehicles. The attractive plates are in
school colors and bear the flaming "N" insignia along with a
designated number. More information about the plates can be
obtained through the Alumni Center by calling 888-799-6486.
WHAT IS THE COST OF THE PLATE?
The cost of the plate is $26 in addition to your normal
state registration fee. The $26 must be paid every two
years when the plate is renewed. Twenty five dollars of
the money will be donated into the NSU License
Plate Scholarship Fund.
WHAT IF I HAVE RECENTLY RENEWED MY
PLATE AND HAVE DECIDED TO GET THE NSU PLATE?
When you contact the prestige plate division in Baton
Rouge, they will ask you for your current plate number.
They will give you credit for all unused time on your
HOW DO I GET MY NSU PLATE?
Call the prestige plate division in Baton Rouge at (504)
925-6364. They will ask you for your present number and
provide you with ordering instructions.
CAN I REQUEST A CERTAIN NUMBER?
Yes, ask the prestige plate division when you call.
\i Order Today!
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Northwestern lost one of its true
landmarks in January, one which
made its impact on the university and
community in many ways.
died Jan. 17 at
her home in
She was a 1926
School and was
married to the
Henry Pierson, MD, who served as the
football team's physician for many
While at Normal, Pierson was a
charter member of the Purple Jackets
and Newman Club. Following gradua-
tion, she taught physical education at
Majors College in Chicago for one year,
and she returned to Normal as a physi-
cal education instructor until 1938. She
remained very active at Northwestern
following her retirement.
Pierson received many awards in
her lifetime. She was named
Natchitoches' "Women of the Year," the
Catholic Daughters of America's
"Women of the Year," and received the
Mayor's "Distinguished Service
Award." She was well known for her
many charitable and humanitarian
She was the mother of Elise Pierson
James ('68) and Gail Pierson Cromwell.
She had five children and five great-
Notes from the
Division of Nursing
& Allied Health
Northwestern State University
graduate and former faculty
member Dr. Patricia E. Thompson has
been elected president of Sigma Theta
Tau International, the fifth largest
honor society for nursing worldwide.
Thompson was elected during the
Sigma Theta Tau International Biennial
Convention held in Indianapolis, Decem-
A 1970 graduate of NSU's nursing
program, Thompson served on the fac-
ulty in the College of Nursing from
1981 to 1992, both as an associate pro-
fessor in the baccalaureate program
and as a professor in graduate studies
and research in nursing. She currently
serves as the associate dean for service
and chairs the Parent Child Depart-
ment at the University of Arkansas for
Medical Sciences in the College of
Nursing in Little Rock.
Sigma Theta Tau has more than
250,000 members in the United States,
Australia, South Korea, Taiwan and
Canada. Started in 1922 by six stu-
dent nurses at Indiana University, the
society is celebrating its 75th anniver-
sary this year. The society is dedicated
to the development, dissemination and
utilization of nursing knowledge to
improve the health of people worldwide
by increasing the scientific base of
nursing practice. • • •
Northwestern State University welcomed its retirees to their second spring luncheon Wednesday, May
13, 1998. The luncheon was held in the Friedman Student Union Ballroom and guests enjoyed a
traditional Louisiana menu of meat pies and dirty rice. NSU President Dr. Randall J. Webb spoke to the
group and thanked them for returning to what was their long time home away from home. The NSU Retir-
ees group formed in the fall of 1996 with the help of Melissa Peveto in the News Bureau and former NSU
Alumni Affairs Director Elise James. The group held their first gathering last May and hope to make their
reunions a tradition. If you are a retiree of NSU and have not received information regarding the NSU Retir-
ees group, contact Peveto at (318) 357-6466 or Steve Horton, director of Alumni Affairs, at (318) 357-4414.
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NSU is wrapping up one of its best years in
intercollegiate athletics in school history as
both the Demons and Lady Demons have brought
positive regional and national attention to the uni-
Going into the final events of the academic year,
Northwestern led the Southland Conference
Commissioner's Cup race by three points show-
ing the overall strength of the athletic program.
This past fall began with men's indoor track
team overwhelming two-time defending champion
Texas-Arlington to win the third indoor track
championship of the decade. All- American Ronnie
Powell and Kenta Bell recorded twin wins to help
NSU to the championship.
NSU's soccer team entered the conference tour-
nament as the fourth seed, but left with the tro-
phy as the Lady Demons surprised the rest of the
tournament field with its first two wins and a tour-
Those who were in Turpin Stadium for the fi-
nal regular season football game against Stephen
F. Austin had a night they won't soon forget. The
Demons beat SFA to win the SLC cham-
pionship and an enthusiastic group of
students rushed onto the field after the
game and brought down a goalpost.
Northwestern also made the Division
1-AA playoffs for the first time in nine
years as one of the top 16 teams in the
Safety Tony Joe Maranto was named
to the Division 1-AA Ail-American team
and was honored as Southland Confer-
ence Defensive Player of the Year. Wide
receiver Patrick Palmer was drafted in
the sixth round by the Washington Redskins, who
drafted defensive back Keith Thibodeaux last
The success continued into the spring semester
as the men's basketball team had its best season in
11 years of Southland Conference play finishing
second and earning a bye in the SLC Tournament.
The women's basketball team continued its
winning ways, making the conference tournament
and advancing to the semifinals.
The spring sports season has also been a good
one for NSU. First-year baseball coach John
Cohen led the Demons to their sixth conference
championship in the decade. Northwestern
started the conference season at 2-4, but fash-
ioned a 13-game winning streak to take the title.
NSU's Softball team held off Nicholls State in
one of the tightest conference races ever, taking
the league title by one-half game to win its first
SLC Championship in seven years. The Demons
hosted the conference tournament and swept
through the tournament in four games for their
first post-season championship.
Northwestern made the 32-team NCAA Tour-
nament for the first time after defeating Trans
America Tournament champion Florida Atlantic
in a three-game series.
The Demons success story wasn't confined to
the playing field. More than 90 student
athletes had a grade point average of
3.0 or better in the fall semester and
made one of the university's academic
honor lists. Fifty-three student athletes
made the SLC Commissioner's List by
compiling either a 3.0 grade point aver-
age for the semester or a 3.0 cumula-
tive average at NSU after at least one
academic year at the university.
Northwestern led the seven
Southland Football League institutions
with 20 football players on the all-con-
ference team and was fourth among
SLC schools in the number of student-
athletes on the Commissioner's List.
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The first ever All-Greek Reunion
is being planned for September
18-19, 1998, the weekend the Demon
Football Team hosts Henderson
State University. The reunion will
serve to reunite all Northwestern
Greek alumni including those that
do not currently have an active char-
ter on campus.
"We wanted our activities to cen-
ter around the game and so our big-
gest event will be a tailgate party
that Saturday at 1 p.m. at Turpin
Stadium," said Reatha Cox, NSU
Greek advisor. "This idea grew out
of homecoming last year when we
noticed groups were getting together
tailgating and the Greeks weren't
one of them. We started planning
this event at that moment."
Other activities include a Greek
reception in the Friedman Student
Union Ballroom Friday, Sept. 18 at
7 p.m. Saturday morning all chap-
ters are encouraged to host their own
socials prior to the Greek-wide tail-
Reservations will be required for
the Friday evening reception and the
tailgate party. For more information
or to RSVP, call Cox at (318) 357-5439
or Steve Horton at 888-799-6486. • • •
Sabine Parish alumni honored
their parish's Northwestern
scholarship recipients in March.
Among those receiving scholar-
ship awards are Alison Himel
(Converse HS), Jessica Snell
(Negreet HS), Erynn Sykes
(Many HS), and Tara Davis
(Florien HS). Alumni present for
the social held at Alumnus
Julian Foy's ('72) home were
Doris Everett (77), Melba Bray
('41), and Myrtle Patrick ('37).
LeAnn Gray Skinner ('84,
'88), Ormand Lacour,
Donna Vercer Lacour ('92),
Emilyn Matthews Horton
('87, '93), Amy Alderman Tay-
lor ('95), and Jonathan Tay-
lor ('94) visit with First Lady
Brenda Webb ('92) at the
Alumni Crawfish Boil.
Nearly 125 alumni and
friends attended the event at
Gerald Savoie's ('77) restau-
rant in Shreveport.
First Lady Brenda Webb and President
Randy Webb ('65, '66) extend con-
gratulations to Summer Miller, the 1998
Caddo/Bossier alumni scholarship recipi-
ent. Sharing congratulations with them
is Caddo/Bossier Alumni president
Marjoree Mike Harper ('88). Miller, a 1998
graduate of Trinity Heights Academy in
Shreveport, will enter Northwestern this
fall as a journalism major.
Alumni and friends from the Acadiana area joined for a crawfish boil in May
Those in attendance included on the front row, David Deville ('91, '95), Karen
Deville ('91, '94), Dootsie McNeely, Sandy McNeely ('64), Christopher Deville,
Cyndi Deville, Jean Martinez,
Margie Marx, Chris Maggio ('85,
'91), "Doc" Paul Marx, and Fred
Those on the second row included
Kurt Gulbrand, Gen. John Sherman
Crow ('59), Barbara Russell Girard,
Allen Horton ('57, '62), Debbie
McBride (72), Ron McBride (70, 72,
73), Billie Sepulvado (78, '82), Jim
Field (70, 73), Tony Gustwick, Dan
McDonald (75), Mary Beth
McDonald ('81), John Girard, Greg
Burke, Tait Martin ('97), and Steve
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Profiles / Cms Noies
'48 Carlos A. Welch is retired
and living in Baton Rouge. He has
four children, six grandchildren
and one great-grandchild.
'51 Henry W. Pere Jr. is an
architect (semi-retired). He and his
wife, Kate, live in Houma. They
have five children.
'62 Henry M. Hyams is Vice
President for Student Affairs at
North Georgia College and State
University. He received his MEd in
Student Personnel Services from
NSU in 1971. He and his wife live
in Dawsonville. They have two
children and three grandchildren.
'64 Virgil L. Pittman Jr. is
retired and living in Hot Springs,
Ark. He is married to Diane Gates
Pittman (class of '64). They have
three children and two grandchil-
'64 Timothy L. Berry is a state
trooper/pilot EMS with the Mary-
land State Police. He lives in
Frederick, Md., and has two chil-
'65 Johnnie Ross McKinney
teaches for the Richardson Inde-
pendent School District. She lives
in Garland, Texas.
'66 Marilyn "Susie" Wales
Morrow is retired after 30 years of
nursing. She and her husband
Percy M. Morrow (class of '65) are
living in Livingston, Texas. They
have two children.
'68 Maud Trappey Gondran is a
lower elementary teacher in New
Iberia. She is married and has
'68 Larry W Rivers is an
adjutant general with the Veterans
of Foreign Wars in Kansas City,
Mo. He is married to Connie
Wright Rivers (class of 71). They
have three children.
'68 Sharon Monk Mock is a
DECA teacher at Airline High
School in Bossier City. Her hus-
band is Robert Mock (class of '68)
and they have three children.
'68 Patsy Ogden Mayo and her
husband live in Bossier City. They
have three children.
'69 Dr. Kathleen R. Aguillard
Stevens, professor at The Univer-
sity of Texas Health Science Center
at San Antonio, Family Nursing
Care, was elected to serve as
secretary of Sigma Theta Tau
International Honor Society of
'70 Johnnie P. Wanger is a
senior geologist at Sonat Explora-
tion Co. in Tyler, Texas. He is
married to Nancy Billimek Wanger
(class of '70). They have one child.
'73 Michael Patrick (Mike)
Hennigan is vice-president, Engi-
neering for Sprint PCS in Kansas
City, Mo. He received his MEd
from NSU in 1983. He and his
wife, Kay, reside in Overland Park,
'73 Richard A. Temple is an
aviation safety inspector with the
Federal Aviation Administration in
Washington, D.C. He lives in
Woodbridge, Va., and has two
'74 Danny L. Hindmon re-
ceived his MEd from NSU in 1994
and is now principal of Oakdale
High School. He is married to
Barbara Bass Hindmon (class of
'74) and she is a gifted resource
teacher at Oakdale Junior High.
They have one child.
'77 Janice L. Soderstrom is a
program coord inator-cardiothoracic
surgery at LSU Medical Center in
'78 Artie L. Jeane is employed
with MCI, Inc., Colorado Springs,
Co., as a test team lead. He lives in
'83 Randy Weeks is supervisor
of biology at BASF-Knoll Pharma-
ceutical, Whippeny, N.J. He is
married to Nancy Schwer Weeks
(class of '81). They have two
children and live in Ste warts ville.
'83 Albert J. Welch is district
sales coordinator with AFLAC
Insurance in Jackson, Miss. He
has one child.
'83 Kayla Armstrong Johnson
is employed at St. Francis Medical
Center in Monroe where she is
director of Maternal Child Services.
She and her husband live in West
Monroe, and they have one child.
'83 Roger L. Reynolds teaches
at Mamou High School and coaches
football and basketball. He is
married and has two children.
'83 Jeanmarie Sylvester
DeVillier is department head in
Special Education at Barbers Hill
Middle School, Mount Belvieu,
Texas. She and her husband live in
Baytown. They have three chil-
'84 Michael T. Boyd works at
Electro-Test, Inc., as an operations
supervisor. He and his wife live in
'86 Laurie Thornton Cherry is
class giving program manager at
the U.S. Military Academy, West
Point, N.Y., where her husband is
stationed. They have three chil-
'87 Janice Wheat Zerecheck,
her husband and two children, live
in Cypress, Texas. She is store
team manager at Target in The
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The people that Wanda Ozier
helps each day aren't much dif-
ferent than anybody else. And for-
tunately, these people have someone
to turn to in a time of crisis. Ozier,
the former Wanda Chicola, is the ex-
ecutive director of Hope House, a
program for homeless women and
children in Alexandria.
The program serves an 11-parish
area in central Louisiana.
"We serve many people in rural
areas. People may not be aware of
those we serve," said Ozier, who
earned her Bachelor of Arts in So-
cial Work in 1972. "They may be in
the woods or living in abandoned
houses. They aren't as visible as
people sleeping on a park bench."
Hope House is an agency of the
Shepherd Ministries of Alexandria,
an agency that Ozier formerly
headed. Hope House has an annual
budget of $280,000 with a 12-person
staff and volunteer staff of 110.
Many of those it serves don't meet
the classic definition of "homeless."
"We've seen multiple families in
one home, up to 20-30 people in a
one bedroom house. Some families
have to constantly move every few
days living with different members
of their family or friends," said Ozier.
"There's the perception that people
who are homeless are mentally ill
or drug addicts. But a large number
of those people are ordinary people
who are just getting by and one cri-
sis throws them over the edge. There
are a tremendous number of the
working poor despite the good
". . .We played a particular piece and the composer of
the piece was there. I had a solo and it did a great
deal for my self-esteem to be chosen for a solo. "
Ozier's mother, Christine Lea,
earned a degree in nursing at North-
western. Ozier came to Northwest-
ern as a math major but quickly
switched to social work.
"I got there the first semester and
found out that math wasn't what I
wanted to do," she said. "After talk-
ing with a counselor, I settled on so-
cial work and was able to find a job
fairly quickly after graduation."
Ozier was also a member of the
NSU Marching Band and the Sym-
phonic Band, playing the clarinet
and bass clarinet. Former faculty
member Dr. Robert Smith worked
with her closely in the band and as-
sisted Ozier a great deal as she
worked on a student job in the mu-
"Dr. Smith gave me a great deal
of flexibility and he was always very
supportive," she said. "I remember in
my sophomore year, the Symphonic
Band played at a national conven-
tion. We played a particular piece
and the composer of the piece was
there. I had a solo and it did a great
deal for my self-esteem to be chosen
for a solo."
Ozier also said retired faculty
member Dr. Millard Bienvenu and
house mother Lucille Miller were two
other people who were always avail-
able to assist her at Northwestern.
After receiving her degree, Ozier
was house director at the Methodist
Home Hospital in New Orleans be-
fore moving to Alexandria as assis-
tant director at Renaissance House,
a position she held for eight years.
She earned a Master's in Criminal
Justice at Northeast Louisiana Uni-
versity which helped her become ex-
ecutive director of Shepherd Center
"I never saw myself as a manage-
rial type, but I have developed the
ability to deal with people and the
confidence to carry out such a job,"
After six years at Shepherd Cen-
ter, she moved to Hope House in 1989.
Hope House gets 50 percent of its
funding from the federal government
and gets the remainder from the
United Way, an endowment fund and
"We try to let people know what we
are doing and the public has been
willing to support us," said Ozier. "We
try to be good stewards of what we
receive and let our donors know what
we are accomplishing."
Ozier has been married to Byron
Ozier for 18 years. They have three
teenage children. • • •
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Jason Thomas Oldham has cov-
ered dozens of news events in
his flourishing six year broadcasting
career since graduating from North-
western State University in 1992.
But, the one piece of news he had the
toughest time reporting was to his fam-
ily and friends three years ago. The
news was not good. He had been diag-
nosed with a malignant brain tumor.
Oldham's story, while shocking
and saddening, is one that he hopes
will serve as a lesson for others.
"People look at me funny when I say
that cancer has been a blessing" said
Oldham. "But, it definitely puts your
priorities where they need to be. I
have always had a desire to be suc-
cessful. Three years ago my defini-
tion of 'success' changed." Oldham
said before the diagnosis, his idea of
success was making lots of money
and being well known in his profes-
sion. "God has changed that." said
Oldham. "I still try hard to be suc-
cessful, but now I want to do what-
ever Jesus wants me to do and life
hasn't been better."
Life for Oldham these days is cen-
tered in Kansas City with his wife,
Amye, where he works for the NBC
affiliate, KSHB TV. He has com-
pleted both radiation and chemo-
therapy treatments for his grade III
brain tumor. Oldham says his latest
magnetic resonance imaging showed
that his tumor was shrinking.
'Tou can give it to God and say
"Let's get to work, or you can give up."
I received the training
I needed for a career in
both an internship
and my education at
said Oldham. "I chose to fight it. And
with the help of family and friends,
we're beating this."
Oldham says the treatments were
tolerable particularly with the ad-
vancements that have been made in
chemotherapy. "I got sick a couple
of times, was tired and had an occa-
sional upset stomach. That, plus my
hair fell out." But, Oldham says the
treatment wasn't as bad as he
thought they would be.
For six weeks, Oldham took 30
treatments of high-dose radiation for
five minutes at a time. The chemo-
therapy consisted of a 36 week regi-
men of three different chemicals. "It
sounds horrible, but it was nothing
that couldn't be tolerated."
Oldham's motto is that you get out
of life what you put into it. "Even
while I was at NSU, I felt that way."
He put his all into what would one
day make him a successful reporter.
"I wrote for the Current Sauce, did
play-by-play on the radio and did the
sports section for the yearbook." His
senior year, he served as General
Manager of KNWD-FM.
"I received the training I needed
for a career in broadcasting through
both an internship and my education
at Northwestern. I had several great
instructors and my advisor, Tommy
Whitehead, was always helpful."
"I fell in love with the campus, the
city and the people the first time I
saw it. NSU is very close knit and it
seemed like I knew everyone."
The broadcast journalism/busi-
ness marketing major said some of
his fondest memories are of the
friends he met along the way while
at NSU, life in the dorm room and
various eating "experiences" in the
cafeteria. "My first two years of col-
lege, I played football. But, I was
better at writing and telling about it
"The Christmas Festival is always
a pleasant memory," said Oldham.
"As is Spring in Natchitoches. I
would love to get back and visit."
From college, Oldham loaded up
and moved to Denver for the summer
where he did an internship at a local
TV station, KUSA. "I did that to get
rid of my southern accent, he said."
From there, he took a job at WJTV,
the CBS affiliate in Jackson, Miss.,
where he reported news and sports,
anchored and shot video.
"Fresh out of college, my news di-
rector gave me the tough, tough as-
signment of covering the Miss Mis-
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sissippi pageant. My assignment
was to get to know all of the contes-
tants and do feature stories on all of
them. I did such a good job investi-
gating, I found a wife." Oldham's wife
was at the pageant to cheer on her
sister, who later became Miss Mis-
From Mississippi, his career took
the couple to Kansas City.
While there is no guarantee for
Oldham that his tumor will continue
shrinking, he fights all of the battles
that are layed before him with ev-
ery bit of power he has. "Doctors
were not too hopeful initially," said
Oldham. "But, through my faith and
strength in God, we are beating this.
Cancer can be a curse if you let it.
For me and my family, it has been a
'87 Cheryl K. Creed lives in
Big Sky, Mont. She is vice-presi-
dent of Apex I, Inc.
'89 Don E. Yancey is general
manager at Excel Logistics in
Grand Prarie, Texas. He is mar-
ried and has two children. They
live in Collinsville.
'89 Marshall L. Sandoz is a
sergeant-K-9 handler with the
Natchitoches City Police Depart-
ment. His wife, Caroline Tonka
Sandoz, (attended NSU) is em-
ployed at KZBL in Natchitoches.
'90 Yvonne Bernucho Matherne
and her husband live in
Lawrenceville, Ga. She is public
relations manager with the Ameri-
can Association of Occupational
Health Nurses in Atlanta.
'90 Richard S. Schaffer is a
chief resident in family practice at
Cainlion Health Systems in
'9 1 Walter "Tim" Leone works
in data processing/ accounting at
the Sabine State Bank & Trust Co.,
'91 Melanie Sue Serrato, a real
estate broker/owner at Homes
Express Realty, Corona, Calif, is
married and has three children.
'91 Precious Articia Jenkins is
a technician at the contract prob-
lem analysis unit, U. S. Depart-
ment of Justice, Houston. Texas.
'92 Tara Tietjen-Smith has
recently been named director of the
new Employee Wellness Program
at Belmont University. She resides
in Antioch, Tenn., with her hus-
band who is an occupational
therapy student at Belmont.
'92 Mary Porth Russell and her
husband live in Burlington, Ky.
She is employed with International
Thamson Publishing in Florence.
Her job title is telepartner/distance
'92 Scott H. Jolly is associate
managing editor of Elle Magazine
in New York City.
'92 Tracy Sanders Williams
received her MSN from NSU in
1997 and is now employed as a
family nurse practitioner at Amite
Walk-in Clinic. She is married and
has five children.
'92 Kirk W Long and his wife
reside in West Monroe. He is
regional coordinator with Mid
South Rehab Agency in Monroe.
'92 James B. Thompson lives in
Lynn Haven, Fla. He is unit
manager with CCA in Panama City.
'93 Christopher J. Locke
married Stephanie Shaw Locke
(class of '96) and they live in
Mansfield. He is a draftsman at
Tri-State Drafting & Design in
Shreveport. Stephanie is assistant
women's basketball coach at NSU.
'93 Raymond B. Krull received
his MEd from NSU in 1995. He is
now dean of financial aid at Man-
hattan College in New York City.
He and his wife reside in Riverdale.
'93 Lisa Nichols Yates is an
occupational therapist with Physi-
cal Therapy Services of West
Louisiana in Leesville. She and
her husband live in Simpson.
'93 Cassandra F Salter resides
in Shreveport. She is a charge RN
at Willis Knighton Bossier.
'93 Bryan W Randolph is a
resident in surgery at the VA
Medical Center, St. Louis, Mo. He
'94 Cher M. Couvillion lives in
Alexandria. She is an art teacher
at Bolton High School.
'94 Mickey Mondello is a
trooper with the Louisiana State
Police-Troop G in Shreveport.
'94 Karen Breeding Taylor
teaches at Lewisport Elementary
School in Lewisport, Ky. She and
her husband live in Owensboro.
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'94 Wesley S. Alost is married
to Amy Pelt Alost (class of '94) and
they live in New Orleans. He is an
attorney with Johnson, Johnson,
Barrios & Yacoubian.
'94 Kathleen A. Gettys is
married and lives in Eagle River,
Alaska. She is an RN in the
cardiovascular progressive care
unit of Providence Alaska Medical
Center in Anchorage.
'94 Jennifer Zimmerle is
director of operations at PFS in
New Orleans. She resides in
'95 Tammy Stopfer Caudle
teaches math at Coffee County
Central High School in Manchester,
Tenn. She is married and has two
children. They live in Morrison.
'95 Timothy S. Bourque mar-
ried Kristi Parcel Bourque (class of
'95). They have two children and
live in Hanford, Calif. Kristi is a
social service worker with the
Department of Social Services.
Timothy is a material planner for
Kawneer Co., Inc.
'95 Richard R. Ray is a psycho-
logical associate with the Federal
Bureau of Prisons in Oklahoma
City. He is married to Kelly Paulk
Ray (class of '93). They have one
child, Richard "Alexander," born
February 2, 1998.
'95 Robert C. Smith Jr. lives in
Norfolk, Va., where he is a com-
puter systems consultant for the
Department of Defense.
'96 Elizabeth Rogers Distod
and her husband live in Rochester,
Minn. She is an RN on the organ
transplant floor at Rochester
Methodist Hospital - Mayo Clinic.
'96 Karin Sasser Paulk is
assistant branch manager for the
Rapides Parish Library - Martin
Branch in Pineville. She and her
husband live in Deville.
'96 Wendy E. Crochet lives in
Metairie. She is credit manager for
'96 Kimberly Flowers Britt is
an instructor at Georgetown Tech
in Conway, S.C. She is married,
has one child and lives in Nichols.
'96 Brandi Brumley Skains and
her husband live in Kenner. She is
a project secretary at Albert-
Garaudy & Associates, Inc., in
'97 Robert S. McChain is
employed by Proctor & Gamble in
'97 Angela Wimberly Martin
and her husband live in Shreve-
port. She is employed at the
Garden Park Nursing Home as
'97 Ljudmila Pavlov resides in
Wilkesboro, N.C., and is employed
at Lowe's Companies, Inc., as a
case tool analyst.
'97 Heather B. Dillon is a
graduate student in school psychol-
ogy at LSUS in Shreveport.
A weekly e-mail summary of
lews and campus events at
Northwestern State University is
available from the NSU News
Bureau. The summary will be
e-mailed to subscribers each
Friday and will contain university
news from the past week,
information on upcoming events
and the latest NSU sports results.
The summary is available at no
cost to Northwestern students,
faculty, staff, alumni, supporters
and others interested in the
university. To subscribe, send an
e-mail message to
'19 Cleo Dupre Reynolds,
Delhi, September 29, 1996.
'24 Mrs. A. T. Crump, Tioga.
'29 Doris Henry Pierson,
Natchitoches, January 17, 1998.
'34 Mary Edna Woodward
Arnold, Ruston, June 15, 1997.
'35 Marion T. Lofton,
Starkville, Miss., July 14, 1997.
'35 Margaret Watson
Richardson, San Antonio, Texas,
November 11, 1996.
'37 Velma Caston Guest, Pass
Christian, Miss., February 11, 1997.
'37 Wilburn A. Slack,
Porterville, February 23, 1998.
'47 Millard N. Hudson,
DeRidder, December 27, 1997.
'50 Mattie Jackson Pruett,
Bossier City, November 3, 1997.
'51 Betty Claire Polk Stigall,
Vidalia, April 3, 1997.
'52 Dreux Smith, Lafayette,
September 14, 1997.
'54 Robert L. "Red" Miller,
Shreveport, January 31, 1998.
'62 Edith Ruiz LoBue, Baton
'65 Patricia A. Benefield,
Bossier City, December 1, 1997.
Memorials can be made to a
nursing scholarship in the NSU
'69 Charles Thomas Treadway,
Shreveport, April 3, 1998.
'77 Linda Joyce Jue, Shreve-
port, November 28, 1977.
'80 Faye Kliesch Evanoff,
Kentwood, August 22, 1997.
Mildred Stroud Chance,
Shreveport, April 7, 1998.
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Official publication of Northwestern
Organized in 1884
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Volume XI Number 2 Summer 1998
The Alumni Columns (USPS 015480) is published
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Natchitoches, Louisiana, 71497-0002 Periodicals
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Members of the Class of
1948 who were on
campus for their Golden
Jubilee celebration on May 8
were (row 1) Pauline Polk
Dowden, Vera Hodge Mar-
tin, Evie L. Torbett, Eleanor
Joy Pickett Phillips, Eddie
Gallien Jr., R. Eldon
Chachere, Stanley Mattson
Powell and Carlos Welch.
Members of the class in row
2 include James R. Jackson,
Lucy Amelia Green Oakley,
Tommie Baird Pepper,
Robert Jantz, Bob Dorcheus,
Ralpha T. Self, and Frank
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The 50-year graduates participated in spring commencement activities, including receptions, a luncheon, and
graduation ceremonies. They now become members of the 50-plus Club which includes all who completed a
degree at Northwestern 50 years ago or longer.
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